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Lester Holt's Close Call: How the Nightly News Man Nearly Missed His Own Broadcast on Tuesday

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It was a close call for Nightly News host Lester Holt on Tuesday.

The NBC journalist almost didn’t make it to his live broadcast in New York due to weather delays — and he documented the nail-biting timeline in a series of tweets!

Early Tuesday, Holt posted a video preview of what would be covered in the nightly broadcast.

But hours later, it appeared as though the host might not make his NBC program because of a delayed flight in Boston, where he was on the ground for a shoot. “Just over 2 hours til @NBCNightlyNews and I’m still stuck on ground in Boston. Mission impossible?#WeatherDelays #RaceTo30Rock,” he tweeted.

A short time later, Holt was on board the plane and asked his followers to “wish me luck” that he would make it to 30 Rock in time for the live nightly news program.

“Engines starting. Plane taxiing. Cell phones on plane mode as requested. Flight time 50 minutes. La Guardia here we come. Wish me luck,” he posted.

After landing in New York’s La Guardia airport, he hopped on board the subway with only 20 minutes until showtime.

“From the plane to the car and now the subway. This is going to be close.”

But just when Holt and his viewers thought that he might not make his live show, he defeated the weather and traffic odds.

“Now THAT was an adventure. See you shortly for @NBCNightlyNews,” the news anchor announced before opening the evening’s broadcast in signature cool-as-a-cucumber fashion. Victory!

An NBC News source tells PEOPLE that if Holt had been unable to make it to the broadcast, colleague Savannah Guthrie was standing by ready to fill in as needed.

NBC’s Nightly News airs weeknights (6:30 p.m. ET) on NBC.